ANDRI BENSON

CEREMONIES

A celebrant-led ceremony means you can celebrate your love in exactly the way you want.

I work with loved up couples like you to create unique ceremonies bursting with meaningful details and heartfelt moments.

Whether you’ve always wanted an outdoor ceremony or you love the idea of incorporating traditional rituals, you don’t have to be restricted to the conventions of a licensed ceremony.

Find out how below…

about

MEET ANDRI

Hello

I LOVE…

…Seeing family and friends coming together to celebrate two people committing to each other…

I BELIEVE…

…That your wedding day should be full of personal choices that mean something to you both and your ceremony tells the story of your relationship…

…By having a celebrant-led ceremony you gain choice and flexibility in where and when you want your wedding ceremony. Which means you can include the things that really matter to you, like readings and symbolic acts from any faith…

I’ve been planning meaningful weddings for loved up and relaxed couples with my sister company Always Andri Wedding Design for 10 years. And as much as I adore the pretty, my favourite part of the day has always been the ‘I dos’. Realising I could have a more significant role in the ceremony may have been a lightbulb moment for me, but it seems no one that knows me was surprised when I decided to become a celebrant.

My background is in theatre (where I met my husband over 20 years ago) and while I usually prefer to be backstage, I like to think I bring the confidence needed to engage you and your guests’ attention… without the ego of an actor…!

Together we’ll create a ceremony that allows you to say your promises to each other in your own unique way.

our service

Have the ceremony you want with an independent celebrant

When you stand in front of your friends and family and declare your love and commitment to each other you don’t want to be reading the words from a template used by hundreds before you. As an independent celebrant based in London, I can create a ceremony that is completely heartfelt, personal and filled with the details that mean something to you…
Diverse venue options

If existing licensed venues just aren’t doing it for you, choosing a celebrant like me to lead your ceremony means that almost anywhere can become a wedding setting. You might feel at home in the great outdoors, so the family garden, magical local woodland, or tucked away beach could be more meaningful than a hotel. Or perhaps you’re drawn to a venue with heaps of character that doesn’t usually host weddings, such as a museum or theatre. Most of these won’t be licensed for your marriage ceremony so you’d traditionally only been able to entertain these as options for the reception. A celebrant enables you to host the entire wedding day in a unique location- but don’t forget the legal bit, see here for FAQs!

Heartfelt and personal

You’re filling your wedding day with the food you love, your favourite flowers, and all the pretty details that mean so much to you… why not personalise your ceremony in the same way? Working with you, I’ll craft a ceremony that is unique and deeply personal. From your vows, to readings, to music choices, we’ll figure out what to include to create a meaningful ceremony. You might want to incorporate aspects of your faith, include friends and family, or combine symbolic traditions. No two weddings are ever the same, and I’ll write your ceremony around your desires and priorities.

VOw renewals

I also create bespoke vow renewal ceremonies, which are a wonderful way to celebrate a landmark anniversary and a great excuse to gather your loved ones together. Vow renewals can also be a particularly meaningful way to reaffirm your love for each other after a period of personal upheaval. We’ll talk about your journey together, why you want to renew your vows and what’s really important to you both. Your ceremony will be written around these aspects to create a truly heartfelt experience.

  
Fees for wedding ceremonies and vow renewals from £700.
Get in touch to find out how I can create a ceremony that is uniquely you

Frequently asked questions

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

What is a celebrant and why would we choose one?

A celebrant leads a ceremony, such as a wedding or vow renewal, and they don’t have to be a religious or government official. As an independent celebrant I work entirely with you to create a ceremony that reflects your personal beliefs and what really matters to you. This means you aren’t tied to the same script used by hundreds before you and we can make the ceremony a deeply personal and joyous celebration of your love.

Is the ceremony legally binding?

You will need to register your marriage at your local council. Traditionally, the ceremony and registration of the wedding has taken place at the same time- at a church or registry office for example. But they don’t have to, as your marriage starts when you make your commitment to each other in the ceremony- the registration is just about legal paperwork and can be done shortly before or after.

What’s included in your fee?
  • A consultation meeting to see if we ‘click’

  • Email, telephone or skype conference calls as we plan your ceremony

  • Access to my handpicked selection of poems and readings to inspire you

  • Help with writing your vows and finding the right words

  • A unique wedding ceremony written specially for you

  • Freedom to include religious, spiritual and/or wedding traditions that mean something special to you

  • A commemorative wedding certificate, to be signed by you both and two witnesses

  • A keepsake copy of your ceremony script so you can relive the words

Are you affiliated with any religion?

I am an independent celebrant, which means my only focus is that you have a ceremony that is all about you. I am not tied to any particular religion and I respect all viewpoints and spiritual perspectives.

What can we include in our ceremony?

Whatever you like, whether it’s borrowing the Pagan tradition of hand fasting, or keeping it simple and classic. Anything is possible. A celebrant-led ceremony is all about focusing on what matters the most to you and what will make it a truly special and unforgettable experience.

Which areas do you cover?

I’m based in West Norwood, South London and I’d be delighted to meet up with you for our first consultation within the Greater London area. If your ceremony is going to be further afield, I’m happy to travel beyond London, I’ll just need any necessary travel and accommodation costs in addition to my fee.

How do we book you?

As soon as you know your date, get in touch and I’ll see if I’m available. If I am, then we can get together to have a chat and see if we ‘click’, after which you’ll just need to send me further details about you and the day, plus a £200 booking fee to secure your date.

 

I have another question…

Just drop me an email! I’m happy to help if I can…

get in touch

i’d love to chat

let’s talk

I’d love to hear about your ceremony ideas, please get in touch via email:

E: ceremonies@alwaysandri.co.uk